explore a Google data center

Published: October 18, 2012
Updated: October 18, 2012
Google data center
A server room in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The pipes are painted bright colours to designate which one is which. The bright pink pipe in this photo transfers water from the row of chillers (the green units on the left) to an outside cooling tower. Photo: Google/Connie Zhou


I guess I've never given any thought before this to just how big Google really is, I don't mean as an online presence but rather the physical size of their buildings set up to store data and handle  traffic from the myriad  Google apps. But Google have now made it possible to explore a Google data center from the comfort of your own home, office or wherever.

You view one of their data centres in this video provided through a new updated Data Centres website that features photos from inside some of the eight data centres Google already has running in the US, Finland and Belgium. Google is also building data centres in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Chile.

Apart from this video, if you're really into this type of voyeurism, you can travel around the data centers using Google maps streetview, how cool is that!!

The photographic access to Google's data centres coincides with the publication of a Wired magazine article about how the company builds and operates them.

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